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[uh-bom-uh-nuh-buh l] /əˈbɒm ə nə bəl/
repugnantly hateful; detestable; loathsome:
an abominable crime.
very unpleasant; disagreeable:
The weather was abominable last week.
very bad, poor, or inferior:
They have abominable taste in clothes.
Origin of abominable
1325-75; Middle English < Latin abōminābilis, equivalent to abōminā() to pray to avert an eventuality, despise as a bad omen, abhor (see ab-, omen) + -bilis -ble
Related forms
abominableness, noun
abominably, adverb
superabominable, adjective
superabominableness, noun
superabominably, adverb
1. abhorrent, horrible, revolting, foul. 2. miserable.
1. likable, admirable. 2. delightful. Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • It is abominably French, though France is pleasant in its own place.

    Poor Folk in Spain Jan Gordon
  • You could know my office by instinct, and be hanged, which you have slandered most abominably.

  • We accordingly ascended to him, and having done so made our way towards a door at the end of the abominably dirty landing.

    A Bid for Fortune Guy Boothby
  • Why, I know not, unless it be because she is so abominably healthy.

  • The Durion is remarkable for its combination of an absolutely delicious flavor and an abominably offensive odor.

    Fruits of the Hawaiian Islands Gerrit Parmile Wilder
  • Now, this was abominably impertinent, and she ought to have been furious.

    A Room With A View E. M. Forster
  • He became for a time the lover of Nana, but treated her so abominably that she left him.

    A Zola Dictionary J. G. Patterson
  • You have been abominably treated; but this is no time for collisions.

    Hopes and Fears Charlotte M. Yonge
  • "Austin, you've no right to call a young lady a brute; it's abominably rude of you," said Aunt Charlotte severely.

    Austin and His Friends Frederic H. Balfour
  • "You were abominably drunk if that's what you mean," I said.

British Dictionary definitions for abominably


offensive; loathsome; detestable
(informal) very bad, unpleasant, or inferior: abominable weather, abominable workmanship
Derived Forms
abominably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin abōminābilis, from abōminārī to abominate
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Word Origin and History for abominably



mid-14c., from Old French abominable (12c.) and directly from Late Latin abominabilis "deserving abhorrence," from stem of Latin abominari "deplore as an evil omen" (see abomination). Sometimes misdivided in earlier centuries as a bominable. Also often abhominable 14c.-17c. Related: Abominably.

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